A Tuesday meeting of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Academic Committee could lead to the creation of the state’s third aviation degree program.

Mid-South Community College in West Memphis has requested permission to create an “associate of applied science in professional pilot” and offer classes in the spring. Students will be trained in both airplane and helicopter piloting.

The school began offering a technical certificate program in the fall of 2011. It has partnered with Upper Limit Aviation out of Salt Lake City, which is providing simulation and flight training equipment.

Henderson State University in Arkadelphia offers a bachelor’s degree in aviation. Pulaski Technical College offers an associate of science in aviation management with an option of professional piloting.

The degree first will be considered Tuesday in a conference call by the coordinating board’s academic committee, with a meeting of the entire board immediately following.

Arkansas Department of Higher Education staff members have recommended passage.

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